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  1. For all those on the boards here who may be new to HPL, I highly recommend these books (sorry for the long-ass Amazon.com links, too): The Annotated H. P. Lovecraft New copies are only $10, and you can get used ones for $4. That's a sweet deal for one of the best introductory texts on the market. The stories are completely readable and enjoyable on their own without knowing any of the background behind them, but the annotations to the stories in this edition really do a wonderful job of putting HPL's stories, ideas, and settings into perspective. MORE Annotated H. P. Lovecraft Just what it sounds like. :P You can NEVER get enough annotated HPL! Used copies as low as $5.27, too! The American Library Edition of Lovecraft's Tales A somewhat more expensive, but VERY thorough selection of the Gentleman from Providence's best work. It's just such a beautiful hardcover edition, with its own regal bookmark ribbon. Looks nice on any bookshelf! And here are links to the Penguin Classics editions of HPL's work (which we HPL scholars regard to be the current definitive editions): The Thing on the Doorstep and Others The Call of Cthulhu and Others (Seriously, get THIS one if none others!) The Dreams in the Witch House and, guess what, Others Buuuuuuuuut...if you want to sample the man's work before you shell out any hard-earned greenbacks, please consult the complete online works of HPL! They're not entirely complete, mind you, and sometimes the transcriptions to HTML are not that good (i.e., there are obvious errors and some of the versions scanned in are old and faulty)...but so what? It'll give you a good, completely free taste of the master's stories! I highly recommend the following as great places to start: "The Call of Cthulhu" -- this is the one almost everyone has heard of "Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos" -- my personal favorite, for musical reasons. "The Music of Erich Zann" "The Colour out of Space" "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" -- more epic fantasy than horror, but still amazing "The Shadow out of Time" -- best time-travel story ever written "The Dreams in the Witch House" -- beautiful imagery "The Shadow over Innsmouth" -- Stephen King WANTS to be this good, but can never be and "The Dunwich Horror" You may also notice that there are LOTS of movies Out There supposedly based on HPL's work. They are almost all, without exception, horrendous. Re-Animator is one of the few goods ones, but only because it's a wonderful pastiche of a story ("Herbert West, Reanimator") that HPL himself always laughed at as puerile and silly (he wrote it just to make a quick buck). The old 1960s Dean Stockwell production of The Dunwich Horror has some great moments and visuals in it, but is ultimately ridiculous and good for nothing but drunken watching and/or sampling for weird ambient albums. THE best Lovecraftian movies ever made are both by John Carpenter, and are neither explicitly based on any of Lovecraft's works, but are very clearly inspired by them and stuffed to the gills with Lovecraftian imagery and ideas. The Thing is positively wonderful, but so is In the Mouth of Madness, which is very, very explicitly Lovecraftian and features the most amazing shot of Great Old Ones, Deep Ones, and Other Gods running down a hallway to have ever appeared on film. Seriously...The Thing is absolutely perfect, but In the Mouth of Madness definitely has its weak moments--but, all in all, both of them are the best visions of Lovecraftian horror ever to be filmed. So there you go....If anyone has any further questions about HPL, feel free to look me up! I'm a bottomless pit of Lovecraftian trivia and lore. Heh.
  2. The Annotated Lovecraft editions are all perfectly superb, and I cannot recommend them more highly. Yet, at the same time, I must note that the new Penguin Classics edition of Lovecraft's works (all available via Amazon.com, usually for very good used price) are spectacular as well, as they contained the finally corrected texts of several stories, most notable the astonishing "Shadow Out of Time," which has only recently been corrected thanks to the discovery of HPL's final autograph manuscript. It's a substantially better story with all of Grandpa Theobald's corrections, emendations, and additions figured in to the mix! I greatly recommend them along with the annotated editions to any Lovecraftian beginner, as well, as S. T. Joshi's explanatory notes to the Penguin editions are wonderful and VERY helpful. The Penguin editions have basically taken over where the Arkham House editions left off in the early '90s, and as such as today regarded the best and truest editions of HPL ever released in paperback. Also, I'm just finishing up a new Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, track entitled "Mouth of Rivers" which is at once a tribute to Skinny Puppy's "Rivers" (my favorite track on Rabies) and HPL's "The Whisperer in Darkness." And The Mothman Prohecies as well...which I sampled the HELL out of for the song. I'll let you all know when it's done!
  3. The Montmarte is by far the best verte I've tried--though I have not, as yet, sampled the Edouard (it's next on my list). There is a noticeable cinnamon bite, but I don't find it particularly overpowering. Cinnamon, however, is one of my favorite flavors, so I may be a bit partial to it. I find the citrus elements and fennel to be most predominant, though, which is why I'm so partial to it.
  4. Thank you all for the warm welcome! It's good to find myself in the company of so many HPL fans--much less chance of my incessant banter about the Other Gods and assorted other Lovecraftian insanity overloading everyone's circuits. <heh> Since a few of you asked for links to the music I've done, here you go: My primary project, Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos: weird, eclectic horror-movie ambience and Lovecraftian atmospherics usually mixed with downtempo beats and massive amounts of bass. http://www.myspace.com/nyarlathotep My solo stuff. Twitchy IDM laced with elements of Delerium. Almost all influenced by my near-obsession with medical paraphrenalia--particularly antiques. http://www.myspace.com/derekcfpegritz Goofball oldskool-industrial-meets-disco-house mutations. http://www.myspace.com/adoctrineofworks 8-bit dance music made entirely with Atari/Nintendo/Intellivision samples and really old drum machines. http://www.myspace.com/retard2 Enjoy! And feel free to comment on anything you'd like--positive *or* negative. Whereas there's nothing wrong with positive feedback, it's the negative feedback that points out what I still need to take care of as far as composition or mixing/mastering are concerned.
  5. Good evening, all. Thanks to the urging of my friend martygreene, I've joined the forums here. I'm not exactly new to the world of absinthe, having been familiar with the liqueur for decades thanks to extensive readings of the Decadents and other writers of the Belle Epoque, but only recently became an actual enthusiast thanks to the wonderful world of online suppliers. I've a bottle of Montmarte (my favorite distillation, thus far) on its way, in fact. So what should you know about me...? I'm an English instructor currently teaching the basics of rhetoric and composition at two southwestern Pennsylvanian universities, California University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University's Fayette Campus. My literary background is primarily focused on the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other American sci-fi/horror authors of the 20th/21st Centuries, though I've a thorough background in the Decadents, particularly Charles Baudelaire (hence my screen-name here) and Joris-Karl Huysmans, and am, in general, fascinated by all aspects of fin-de-siecle Europe. In fact, I'd venture to say that one cannot truly understand the foundations of 20th-Century horror fiction without appreciating the Decadents, as many themes which writers such as Huysmans, Poe, Verlaine, and others brought up in their writings echo strongly in perverted form throughout the majority of 20th-Century horror authors--especially Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Richard Calder. I'm certain Charles Baudelaire would've greatly admired Hellraiser, in fact. I write a great deal of music, too--much of it in the vein of horror-film soundtracks and murky, sometimes stygian Lustmord-ish dronescapes, with occasional ventures into skittery IDM, really mutated audio sculpture a la Skinny Puppy and Download, and--to lighten up the mood on occasional--8-bit video-game dance music and disco house. I won't take up undue space listing the URLs to my assorted MySpace sites, but if anyone would have an interest in listening to some of my stuff, feel free to ask and I'll provide links. And that's about it. I'm a fairly simple fellow with occasionally complex tastes.